Notes in the Margins: Classrooms of shame, AP diversity and UAE vo-tech ed

Unusual college essay questions for 2013-14  Even many of the hundreds of schools that accept the online Common Application still require supplemental writing samples. Most of the essay prompts are predictable — but not all. (The Washington Post)

United Arab Emirates Looks to Vocational Education The United Arab Emirates is expanding vocational and technical training in a bid to cut high school dropout rates and improve skill levels of its young people. (The New York Times)

Will online classes make professors extinct? I have a wonderful job. But my story is the exception. (CNN via University Business)

Pulling a More Diverse Group of Achievers Into the Advanced Placement Pool Confronting entrenched perceptions, schools have begun initiatives to enroll more poor, Latino and African-American students who qualify. (The New York Times)

Students, professors highlight ‘Classrooms Of Shame’ Professors take to social media with blogs like ‘#HolesAtHunter’ and ‘Classrooms of Shame’ to reveal not-so-pretty college facilities. (USA Today)